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Which Arsenal players will be representing their countries in Euro 2016? 0

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny and striker Olivier Giroud have made France’s 23-man squad for this summer’s European Championships, capitalising on injuries and omissions of centre-backs Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) and striker Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

Defender Hector Bellerin has been a late addition to Spain’s national team, coming in for the injured Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), and stands a real chance of fighting for a starting place given his form in 2015/16.

Midfielder Granit Xhaka, who recently signed for Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach (£30M), has made Switzerland’s squad, while the likes of Gokhan Inler (Leicester City) has missed out.

£30M-man Granit Xhaka to represent Switzerland in Euro 2016 0

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been selected in Switzerland’s 23-man squad for this summer’s European Championships. The 23-year-old, who recently joined the Gunners from Borussia Monchengladbach, has already made over 40 caps for his country, and will be closely watched by fans ahead of his debut season to come.

While expected to operate in a deep-lying role in the Arsenal midfield next season, Xhaka might feature higher up the pitch for his country. The former FC Basel man has been utilised in a more advanced role for Switzerland’s national team in the past, so supporters might get a good glimpse of his ball-playing attributes in the final third.

Arsenal confident of keeping coveted defender Hector Bellerin 0

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s head of academy Andries Jonker believes Spanish defender Hector Bellerin is committed as ever to stay at the Emirates Stadium amid interest from former side Barcelona this summer. The young right-back was named in the PFA’s Team of the Year for an outstanding campaign with the Gunners, and Jonkers says Bellerin only has his sights set on improving for Arsenal after successfully graduating from their academy.

Jack Wilshere makes England’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016 0

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshire has been selected in England’s 23-man squad for this summer’s European Championships by manager Roy Hodgson, and now faces a race to boost his match fitness to ensure he’s in a position to start for the Three Lions in their opening group game next month.

The 24-year-old had only made three Premier League appearances after recently recovering from a long-term injury, but was given a chance by Hodgson after some sterling performances in the past. Wilshere has been a much-needed creative spark in the midfield, but still needs to boost his condition with more game time.

Arsenal target rejects new Dortmund contract 0

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal have been given fresh hope in pursuit for Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Armenia international has refused to sign a new contract with Bundesliga outfit, according to reports from Bild.

Mkhitaryan is heading into the final year of his deal with Dortmund and is believed to have no intention of putting pen to paper on a new deal.

Borussia Dortmund are faced with a difficult challenge as they need to either sell the 28-year-old during the summer transfer window or risk losing him for nothing next year.

Carvajal out; Bellerin set to make Spain’s squad for Euro 2016 1

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin looks set to represent the Spanish national team in this summer’s European Championship following the new that Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal will be missing the tournament through injury. Bellerin played in a pre-Euro 2016 friendly and greatly impressed manager Vincente Del Bosque, who after the game admitted the Gunners right-back could come in if Carvajal was officially ruled out of action.

Granit Xhaka cites family atmosphere drew him to sign for Arsenal 0

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s new £30M-man Granit Xhaka says the “family atmosphere” was one of the reasobsfor his summer move to the Emirates Stadium. The Swiss international made the switch from German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach ahead of the 2016/17 season, and revealed he was convinced by former Gunners players to join the London club.

“I spoke with (Havard) Nordtveit about Arsenal and he told me it’s a big club, a family club and it’s very important for me to come here. Philippe (Senderos) played here and I play with him in the national team. Johan (Djourou) and Philippe have only told me positive things,” said Xhaka.

Olivier Giroud continues scoring form on international duty for France 0

Posted on May 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored for France as Les Blues enjoyed a 3-2 win over Cameroon in a pre-tournament friendly on Monday evening. France are limbering up for their hosting of this summer’s European Championships, and manager Didier Deschamps will be pleased to see the goals are flowing.

Giroud has bounced back brilliantly after his goal drought in the tail-end of the season, scoring and creating six goals in his last three league games with Arsenal, and now notching for his country. His goal against Cameroon came just before half-time, converting a Paul Pogba cross into the far corner.

Could England U21 success see Calum Chambers given more game time in 2016/17? 0

Posted on May 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers helped England U21s triumph in this summer’s Toulon tournament, captaining a Three Lions side that boasting a 100% record, conceding only two goals. The tournament is a five-game, quick-fire competition, and saw England dominate from start to finish to finally claim some silverware.

Chambers’ international career may be looking brighter after impressing in the youth side, but his domestic hopes with Arsenal are still in doubt given the lack of activity this season. The 21-year-old fell behind the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista in the pecking order last season, amassing a paltry 315 minutes of Premier League football.

Young foreign midfield core could see Arsenal in good shape post-Wenger 0

Posted on May 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in,” is an old Greek proverb that bears a striking similarity to the acts of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the last 12 months. In the last two transfer windows, Wenger has signed central-midfielders Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, both 23, months apart, while a veteran midfield trio have departed.

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